The Wellington Region, and possibly the whole of New Zealand, is officially, out of popping corn.
We called around the supermarkets in Wellington until we found one that had some stock left, and got there in time to buy the last 2 packets. All of the supermarkets were saying the same thing: "We're waiting for a new shipment from our distributors. Everyone is out, including them."
But we found the last two packets. Yesssssss!
But wait. There's more.
We got them home and I went to popping (on the stovetop, the best way, I love it). And they didn't pop. Are you kidding me? It was a different brand then we normally buy, so I thought it might be the way I was going about it. So I followed the instructions exactly and same result. Lack of pop. It was just hard, partially exploded corn. That tasted gross.
So I called the company. And they knew what I was talking about. No beating around the bush.
"Yes, we're having some issues with our popping corn at the moment. It has too high a moisture content. But don't throw it away! Lay it out somewhere warm, not the hot water cupboard, but maybe beside the stove. Lay it out for a week or two and it will be dry enough to pop. Meanwhile, we'll send you replacement bags."
(Are you kidding me?) "When will those arrive?"
"I won't be able to send them for at least a week, we're no longer selling popping corn, we have run out of product. I can't send any replacements until we get a new shipment from our suppliers."
Well none of this helps me. I'm doing the popcorn for a youth movie night tomorrow night. Popcorn for 5o people (at least). I thought Thursday was enough of a head start to get it all done by Saturday. Little did I know I would have had to have started this process weeks ago by buying the good brand of popping corn before it sold out to be able to have the popcorn I wanted.
So after calling and being promised replacement bags, we also took the dud bags back to the supermarket and got a refund, and then bought $20 worth of 97c microwave popcorn.